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RedHat Takes On VMware For PaaS Crown

Red Hat maneuvers to get its OpenShift platform into as many enterprises as possible, with an eye to private cloud dominance.

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cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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12/6/2013 | 11:43:10 AM
PaaS deploys as well as develops apps
The development team and IT managers need to reach full agreement on how PaaS will be implemented on top of IaaS, as companies convert their data centers to private cloud. Some of the real gains of private cloud flow out of the PaaS arrangement. There are features and functions in OpenShift, and for that matter, Cloud Foundry, that help with application deployment, once it's built. Red Hat contributed heavily to the OpenStack Heat orchestration project, and Heat expertise spills over into OpenShift. Krishnan Subramanian touches on this issue in his guest column, 5 Pillars Of Enterprise PaaS Strategy.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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12/6/2013 | 2:58:58 PM
More of the PayPal approach?
Charlie, do you think we will see more companies take the approach that PayPal did with OpenShift?
ebquinn
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ebquinn,
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12/7/2013 | 8:19:50 AM
RedHat v VMware PaaS Leaders, really?
We are talking PaaS here, right?  Neither VMware/Pivotal or RedHat are among the PaaS leaders, assuming you are talking about number of developers and deployments.  Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce.com, Google are out in front, and Oracle and SAP have their own developer communities that are moving to their respective PaaSes quickly.  Then you have PaaS specialists like Apprenda who are doing quite well.  If you are talking about virtualization software, however, then VMware and Red Hat are leaders.
jemison288
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12/8/2013 | 4:56:17 PM
Re: More of the PayPal approach?
There are a whole lot of organizations and CIOs that really trust VMware for production work and are really skeptical of everything else out there.  OpenStack is a nice fit for them, because it can be a bridge to ditching VMware fees when those CIOs feel more comfortable about switching away from VMware entirely.
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Stratustician,
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12/8/2013 | 5:13:54 PM
Oh PaaS, you under-estimated cloud service you
It's nice to see PayPal helping to promote the benefits of PaaS.  While many might argue that PaaS is best used for app testing and managing an environment that can be easily managed, and rolled back as needed, the real benefit is that it creates an isolated (if preferred) environment for testing new applications and processes.  What is really interesting to see is the push for RedHat, since the attraction to Linux and it's license free / open source flexibility, means that for the first time, corporations can finally start to really see if they can move to this new O/S.  The advantages could be huge if these environments prove to allow organizations to realize the benefits of the move to this platform, and since it is PaaS, the risk is relatively low when it comes to testing the waters of this model.
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